Tuesday, December 27, 2016

RAPV Reports November 2016 Pioneer Valley Sales Up 33.2%


The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley has released a sales report for November 2016 in the Pioneer Valley. Single-family home sales in November were up 33.2% as compared to the same time last year, while the median price was down 2.9 percent to $187,498.

See County breakdown below:

Franklin County

Sales up 44.7 percent
Median price down 2.2 percent to $177,000

Hampden County

Sales up 29.9 percent
Median price remained the same at $175,000

Hampshire County

Sales up 35.2 percent
Median price down 5.8 percent to $249,500

We continue to struggle with not enough homes to sell. Inventory fell 34.3% from 2,837 single family listings at the end of November 2015, to 1,863 this November. Average days on market dropped from 108 days in November 2015 to 92 days in November 2016. Interest rates, however, are climbing. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.03% with an average 0.5 points for the week ending November 23, 2016.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Year to Date Sales Up Despite October Decrease




An article from the Lowell Sun discussed a recent report from the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® citing year to date single family home sales are up 7.9% despite October declining 5.6% over last year at the same time. As has been the story for all of 2016, there simply aren't enough houses on the market to satisfy buyer demand.

The good news for October is that homes sold quicker this year and sellers on average are getting 96.2% of asking price.

Read the full article here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mailbox Monday - Nov 28


Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

It's a frosty morning in Western Mass. Winter is definitely coming sooner than I would like.



How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was great. We got a chance to bring my father-in-law to our place for a few hours, which was a nice treat. By the end of the evening he was definitely ready to go back to the nursing home.

The hubby is on his way to Las Vegas this week for a conference, so he was kind enough to drag the big tree up here. My goal is to have the house decorated for Christmas before he returns on Saturday. Not sure if that's possible, but I will give it a shot.

As for books....


In her fifteen years of teaching, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett has found that the biggest stumbling block for aspiring writers (especially women) is not fear of the blank page but frustration with the lack of time. What woman doesn't have too much to do and too little time? Finding an hour free of work, children, or obligations can seem impossible.

But anyone can find fifteen minutes, whether you're sitting in traffic, waiting at a child's soccer practice, or watching the coffee drip. DeMarco-Barrett has created a practical, inspirational guide for fitting serious writing into those stolen moments. She offers writing exercises and techniques for generating ideas, as well as pragmatic advice from the well-known authors who appear on her radio show. With fifteen minutes a day, she can help you to ignite your pen and become the writer you have always wanted to be.


Found this one at the library. With all the excitement of my book launch, I was reminded how much I miss writing. My goal for 2017 is to write a little something each week.

Have you set any goals for 2017 yet?

That's it from this neck of the woods. Hope you have a great week!

Friday, November 25, 2016

RAPV Finds Single Family Homes and Number of Listings Down, but Median Price Increases in October



On November 21, the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley reported single-family home sales in October were down 13.7 percent compared to the same time last year, but median price rose 0.8 percent to $193,500. Information by county appears below.

Franklin County

  • Sales up 15.4 percent
  • Median price up 16.3 percent to $201,250


Hampden County

  • Sales down 11.5 percent
  • Median price down 1.1 percent to $178,000


Hampshire County

  • Sales down 26.3 percent
  • Median price up 6.8 percent to $265,000

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT Starts December 5th!

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Pump Up Your Book is coordinating a virtual book tour for my new release, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving (Guardian Angel Publishing). Book reviews, guest posts, and interviews will fill this tour that runs from December 5 through 16. Check out my tour schedule below!

Tour Schedule

Monday, December 5 – Book Featured at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, December 6 – Book Featured at As the Page Turns
Thursday, December 8 – Book Review at The Blended Blog
Thursday, December 8 – Interview at Literarily Speaking
Friday, December 9 – Book Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
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Monday, December 12 – Interview at My Bookish Pleasures
Monday, December 12 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Tuesday, December 13 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Tuesday, December 13 – Book Featured at A Title Wave
Wednesday, December 14 – Interview at The Review From Here
Wednesday, December 14 – Book Feature at Book Cover Junkie
Thursday, December 15 – Book Review at 3 Partners in Shopping
Thursday, December 15 – Interview at The Literary Nook
Friday, December 16 –Book Review at 100 Pages a Day

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mailbox Monday - Nov 21


Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

We had some snow showers today, so I figured it was time to switch to a snowy mailbox photo. I really hope we don't get a lot of snow over the next two weeks because the snowblower is in the shop getting tuned up.

Things are starting to slow down in the real estate world as we get closer to the holidays. It happens every year and I can't say I am sorry for it. I've worked very hard and I'm ready for a short break. This is also the week of our annual Christmas bazaar and tag sale at church, so I need to spend some time helping with preparations.

Last week was exciting. The mailman delivered a box and inside was copies of my new book.



Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving is the story of ten-year-old Macy, who uses some quick thinking to save dinner when the dog swipes the turkey off the table. 

Also in my mailbox was the second book by Tim and Debbie Bishop, Wheels of Wisdom. The Bishops are cyclists who have discovered wisdom and truth along their journeys. I reviewed their first book, so I am glad they thought of me with this new one. 



Looking for more out of life?

After three tours totaling over 10,000 miles, Tim and Debbie Bishop have discovered wisdom and truth from the seat of a bicycle. In Wheels of Wisdom, the authors share the life lessons they learned on the open road.

When you're looking for enlightenment, you can find it almost anywhere, be it from watching two herons saunter across a Florida road, pedaling to a dead-end in a Kentucky tobacco field, or observing eagles flying overhead in Montana. In each lesson of this book, you'll find practical insights, inspiration, and encouragement--along with personal reflection questions that will help you:

- Adopt the right mind-set
- Conquer fear, worry, and inaction
- Overcome obstacles
- Relish life's journey

Certain principles are universal whether you are bicycling across America or chasing your own lifelong dream.

You may be continuing your education, connecting with new people, looking to change jobs, or simply wondering about your future. Wherever you are in life, Wheels of Wisdom will give you a fresh perspective and new motivation for your own adventure. Not only will you encounter meaningful truth as you travel vicariously to new places and meet new people, you'll also experience some genuine "God moments" and have some fun on the way.

So, pack up your dreams and passions and come along for the ride. It's time to learn on the open road!

I want to take a moment to wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving. May you and your loved ones be safe as you travel this holiday weekend. Anyone braving Black Friday shopping? I think I'll wait for Cyber Monday.

Hope you all have a great week.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mailbox Monday - Nov 14



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice week. We're winding down to the end of my six-week coaching program. It's been a very motivating series that I plan to use to make 2017 my best year in real estate yet.

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving should be listed for sale on the Guardian Angel Publishing website this week. I'm so excited!

As for book arrivals, I ordered four books from one of my favorite authors because I've missed the last two installments from both of her popular series Three have already shown up and one will arrive on Wednesday.


The tranquility of the mountain community of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.

This is the 15th book in the series. I am waiting for the 14th one to arrive on Wednesday so I can read that first.


In the eleventh novel in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, College student Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges.



In the 12th Rocky Bluff P. D. novel…. A pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for violent attacks on women, and Officer Milligan’s teenage daughter has a problem.

Both of these series are the perfect blend of career and personal lives. I can't wait to catch up.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

Friday, November 4, 2016

New Listing & Open House: 1779 Carew Street, Springfield - $125,000


Conveniently located Cape on Chicopee line has been remodeled and is waiting to welcome you home. Renovated kitchen with attractive beadboard wainscoting, new countertops, new tile backsplash, and new tile floor. Refinished hardwoods in the living room and both bedrooms and all rooms freshly painted. Full bath has a new vanity, new tile floors, and new subway tile surround. Bring your ideas and finishing touches to the walk-up attic that has been professionally framed and insulated. Brand new insulated windows, new front steps, new gas furnace, updated electrical, new interior and exterior lighting, and newer roof. Large back yard that was recently seeded and is fenced in on three sides for privacy. New turf in the front yard has taken hold and looks beautiful. Close to area shopping, restaurants, and easy access to I-291 and Mass Pike. First showings to be held at open house Sunday, Nov 6 from 12 to 2 pm. More photos coming soon. Come see what the neighbors have been buzzing about!

For more information, please visit http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1779-Carew-St_Springfield_MA_01104_M43571-07445



Mega Open House Held On November 6th From 12-2pm. Visit my Open House at 1779 Carew Street in Springfield (across from Milano's) To ENTER For Your Chance To WIN A FREE Oster Self-Basting Roaster Oven. (Limit one entry per person. No cash value. Only one winner will be chosen.)


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Second Floor Unit for Lease - $850 per month


Beautiful and spacious second floor apartment featuring large eat-in kitchen with plenty of storage, living room with walk-in closet and glistening hardwood floors, full bath, and two bedrooms with wall-to-wall carpets. Living room, kitchen, and both bedrooms have ceiling fans. Monthly rent includes: heat, hot water, water and sewerage and refuse removal. Landlord even takes care of grounds maintenance and snow removal. Just pay your own electric and cable. Convenient location close to area amenities and the MA Pike. No pets and no smoking. Rental not listed on Craigslist.

Landlord requires first, last, and security deposit.

For more details, visit http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/62-Ruggles-St-B_Three-Rivers_MA_01080_M30859-51194 or view a video about this property at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djJECvvCO_Y

RAPV Shares Single-Family Home Sales Increase


The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley just released single-family home sales information for September 2016.

As this report indicates, September single-family home sales in the Pioneer Valley were up 3.6 percent compared to the same time last year and median price rose 2.2 percent to $201,000.

Here is information by County:

Franklin County
  • Sales down 6.7 percent
  • Median price up 7.5 percent to $192,500


Hampden County
  • Sales up 12.5 percent
  • Median price up 4.5 percent to $187,875


Hampshire County
  • Sales down 11.6 percent
  • Median price down 9.4 percent to $240.000

The problem we continue to have in the Pioneer Valley--which follows national trends--is not enough homes on the market. Inventory fell 32.4 percent compared to the same time last year. Good news is that the average days on market dropped 17.7% from 101 days in September 2015 to 83 days in September 2016--so buyers are out there and they are investing in homes they see value in. Pending homes sales--those properties listed as under agreement--are up 22.5 percent over last year (598 units this year as compared to 488 last year.)



Looking to buy or sell? Call me at 413-575-5751. I'm passionate about helping people and specialize in working with first-time home buyers and active and retired military. I  have my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) designation. While I work throughout the Pioneer Valley, my focus remains in Chicopee (where I lived for 32 years), my hometown of Wilbraham, Springfield, Belchertown, Ludlow and Palmer.

I am never too busy for your referrals.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Rates Surge to 4-Month High

We knew it was coming...

Freddie Mac reported mortgage rates rose for the second week, bringing the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage above 3.5 percent for the first time since June. Check out this article from National Association of REALTORS® talking about the hike: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2016/10/21/mortgage-rates-surge-4-month-high

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NAR Shares 5 Notable Nuggets from Buyer and Seller Survey's 35-Year History




The Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers was introduced thirty-five years ago by the National Association of Realtors®. It is the "longest-running series of national housing data evaluating the demographics, preferences, motivations, plans and experiences of recent home buyers and sellers."

Here are five notable trends they shared:

  1. Participation from first-time buyers is depressed
  2. The internet is not replacing a real estate agent
  3. Buyers have bought slightly bigger, but the pace is currently at a standstill
  4. Down payments have trended down over time, but not in recent years
  5. The home search is taking longer; tight inventory has slowed the pace in past two years


My thoughts: 


  1. Here is Western Mass, we definitely see these trends to be true. First-time home buyers are finding it tough because of the amount of debt--especially student loan debt--they tend to carry. Student loan debt relief could play a role in helping this situation.
  2. The Internet is a great place to find information, but real estate agents continue to play a crucial role in the home buying--and selling--process. Not only are they local experts, the home buying and selling process involves many potential pitfalls for buyers and sellers. One of our roles is to stay on top of the details and help things run smoothly. One mistake could cost a buyer or seller thousands of dollars. And since the seller pays the entire commission, it only makes sense that a buyer would have some working for their best interest. 
  3. My experience has been the same. Some of my buyers are moving up to substantially larger homes, but many are making lateral moves to get their children into a particular school district, for employment purposes, or just a different community. 
  4. Low down payment programs have impacted this trend. It's important to talk to your lender to know what is available. A real estate agent can recommend a local lender to you if you're unsure where to go.
  5. My buyers and I certainly have tons of experience in this area. Because of fewer homes on the market, the search is taking longer. When I read the data from this report that said 10 weeks I thought, I wish. Some of my buyers spent over 25 weeks before finding what they were looking for. We started our search in Spring 2015, took a break for the winter, and then picked up again this spring. They are all in new homes now, but some did find that waiting made it harder because there were fewer houses on the market this spring than last. 
You can read the syndicated release with more details from this article here.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Annual Home Maintenance Tasks



Realtor.com recently published an article titled "8 Maintenance Tasks All Homeowners Should Do Once a Year." Now that fall is here and fall cleaning might be on your mind, now's the perfect time to add these to your list.

You can find the full article at http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/homeowner-maintenance-tasks/


Friday, October 7, 2016

REALTORS® Help Avoid Potential Appraisal Delays

As reported in this article that appeared yesterday in RealEstateRama, concerns expressed by REALTORS® earlier this year help to avoid potential appraisal delays and increased cost for consumers.

Updates to the Federal Housing Administration’s “Single Family Housing Policy Handbook” included new requirements for appraisers to operate and physically observe appliances on a property during the completion of an appraisal; a policy which REALTORS believed would exceed previously understood appraiser duties.

You can read the entire article, including comments from National Association of REALTORS® president Tom Salomone at http://www.realestaterama.com/2016/10/06/fha-single-family-handbook-update-delivers-clarity-for-appraisers-say-realtors-ID037728.html

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mailbox Monday - Oct 3



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Here we are again. Hope you all had a nice weekend. Ours was busy.

My youngest niece got married this weekend. She was a lovely bride and we all had a fun time. Food was great.



It was also a soccer weekend. The Lil' Princess was waiting for play to start in that photo. She's having a good year, but her team isn't winning any games. At least she is enjoying herself. 



As far as books go, all the books that arrived were not requested, but they are all books I would like to read.

This first one is from a series I've read in the past. Haven't read the last few, but they are in my pile.





The terrorist organization ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The same toxin holds the potential to eradicate cancer. There is a frantic race to see who can get to it first, even as Caitlin Strong begins to assemble the disparate pieces of a deadly puzzle.

At the center of that puzzle is an Indian reservation where a vengeful tycoon is mining the toxin, disguising his effort as an oil-drilling operation. This is the same reservation where Caitlin’s great-great-grandfather, also a Texas Ranger, once waged a similar battle against the forces of John D. Rockefeller.

In her highest-stakes adventure yet, Caitlin Strong faces off against a host of adversaries that just might include the beautiful Comanche girl with whom the son of her ex-outlaw boyfriend Cort Wesley Masters has fallen in love, along with a mythic monster culled from Native American folklore that the tribe believes has risen to protect its land. The lives of those Caitlin loves most are threatened by the villains she’s pursuing; her own moral code is challenged. The fate of both the country and the state she loves are dangling on the precipice of a strong cold death.


For as long as Lottie can remember, the only people who seem to care about her have been her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things and people are arriving on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot's getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie doesn't know what she can possibly do—until a door opens in the apple tree. Down through the roots is another world—a world of treacherous, beautiful, impossible magic that just might lead to a cure for Eliot.


Even after escaping from the Southerly Kingdom, Lottie Fiske and her best friend Eliot have returned to the magical Albion Isle, despite the fact that she is a wanted criminal there, because she is seeking answers about her abilities, and her parents--but war is threatening Limn, and the answers she needs seem to lie in the Northerly Kingdom, along a road full of dangers.


Jane Austen's family is eager to secure her future by marrying her off. But Jane is much more interested in writing her novels, and finds every suitor lacking—until the mysterious Mr. Lefroy arrives. Could he be the one? Before Jane can find out, she must solve a murder, clear her family's name, and face a decision that might cost her true love.

That's it for now. I'll be away at a conference part of the week, so not sure how much blogging I'll do. Make it a great one.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

New Price - 31 Saratoga Ave, Chicopee Now $189,000


MLS# 72065756 - 31 Saratoga Ave, Chicopee

Curb appeal and charm await you in this updated Colonial. Located within walking distance of Elms College, this home features a spacious kitchen, living room, dining room, updated half bath, and four good size bedrooms. Large back yard with above ground pool.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Mailbox Monday - Sept 19



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. It was a weekend of soccer, a birthday, and work.


Papou (Greek for grandfather) turned 86 on Friday. The family got together to celebrate. Earlier in the week my husband visited Fenway and got a tour of the stadium. He met former Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn. When he told Lynn that his father was a big fan, Lynn called Papou up and spoke to him for a bit. That's a pretty cool present.

Saturday and Sunday were both losses on the soccer field, but the Lil' Princess played well. Hope her tendinitis doesn't act up too much.

As for book arrivals, it was a great week. Three book review requests came in.



She's ghostwriting a book for a famous author--a recently deceased one. A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy's head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she's been keeping from herself.


This Advent book contains family devotions that focus on connecting Jesus and the symbols of Christmas. Each day includes a devotional, prayer, questions to discuss, the meaning of a Christmas symbol, and suggested activities to put the scriptures into action. Reproducibles are included to help with the symbol activities.


Emulating the format of Raising a Modern-Day Princess, authors Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting seek to help parents and grandparents cultivate strong relationships and encourage the spiritual formation in their daughters using examples, Bible teaching on the fruit of the Spirit, and a variety of creative activities that are based on Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).

By implementing the ideas in this book, mothers (as well as fathers) will be equipped to understand and guide their daughters through each step of becoming His “princess.” This will include perceiving a daughter’s unique personality and gifts, refining her character through training and discipline, and modeling the attributes of a daughter of the King.

This book is a follow-up to both Raising a Modern-Day Knight (by Robert Lewis) and Raising a Modern-Day Princess by Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna. While the latter book is aimed at parents of girls ages 12 and up, this book focuses on building the Christian character of younger girls.


Don't know about you, but I am thrilled to see the Christmas books coming out. The only thing that can make my favorite genres better is to have their stories set during Christmas time.

What was in your mailbox last week? Hope you'll share.

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Listing - 31 Saratoga Ave, Chicopee



Curb appeal & charm await you in this updated Colonial. Located w/in walking distance of Elms College, this home features a beautiful entry that flows into a living room w/ hardwood floor & tall windows letting in plenty of light. Enjoy working in the spacious kitchen that features a walk-in panty & slider leading out to the recently rebuilt deck. The dining room w/ hardwood floor, bow window, & built-ins, an updated half bath & a bedroom complete the main level. Travel up the classic wood staircase to the second floor where you'll find a master bedroom w/ vaulted ceiling & ductless air-conditioning system, a full bath, & two additional big bedrooms. Every bedroom has a walk-in closet & ceiling fan. Finished room in basement & a full bath w/ shower has separate entry. Updates include: gas heating system, central air, interior lighting, electrical panel, siding, & windows. Enjoy & entertain in the large yard w/ above ground pool. Looking for a lovely home w/ tons of storage? Call today!

For more details, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4wgoHxfUU

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New Listing - 81 Braddock St, Springfield


Come see this enchanting Cape close to Springfield College and within driving distance of Western New England University. Renovated in 2007, the first floor features a living room and dining room with hardwood floors, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, newer cabinets, tile back splash and newer counter tops, and a master bedroom with an updated full bath with shower. You'll also find a bright and cozy room perfect for a home office or reading nook. Second floor has two additional bedrooms and a full bath with tile surround. Enjoy the private deck that leads to an ample size fenced in back yard. Seller states the roof was replaced nine years ago and a new hot water heater was installed in November 2015. Great move-in ready starter home. Schedule your appointment today!

For more details, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SsQyi7ygHk

Monday, September 5, 2016

Under Contract - 9 Gross Lane, Easthampton, MA


Listed on 9/1/16
Under Contract on 9/5/16

It will be love at first sight with this spacious three-bedroom Cape that has fantastic views of Mt. Tom. First floor features a remodeled (2013 as per owner) eat-in kitchen with tons of storage and sliders to the patio, formal dining room with new hardwood floors, new chandelier, and built-ins, living room with new hardwood floors and brick-hearth fireplace, a bedroom with new hardwoods that is currently used as an office, half bath, and great four-season room off the kitchen with hardwood floors and views of the mountain. Two ample size bedrooms with new carpets and a full bath are located on the second level. The partially finished basement has a large family room with wood stove insert and laundry area with convenient utility sink and walk-in shower. Private back yard with patio and fire pit for entertaining. Buderus hot water storage, attic storage above one-car garage, newer windows on first floor, and most rooms painted within the last year. Schedule your private showing today!

For more details visit: http://tour.circlepix.com/tour/titan/?id=3860826#.V82_1o-cG70

LOOKING FOR RESULTS?

CALL ME AT 413-575-5751 OR 
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Mailbox Monday - Sep 5



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Labor Day, gang! Hope you're having a great long weekend. Mine has been fabulous: I've dropped three pounds since I restarted the 21 Day Fix; I managed to get in some workout every day this weekend; we attended the Greek Festival in Marlborough, and I sold a house four days after I listed it. Talked to another person Saturday and I'll be listing her home this coming Friday. Not bad for a holiday weekend.


Dancing Yia-Yia

As far as health and fitness goes, I'm really trying to focus on getting rid of that "dough belly." That's what the girls call my very soft, round middle. Weight loss is great, but it's not my focus. I want better legs and a trimmer middle. As such, I've added some different workout routines to my 21 Day Fix program. I haven't used CIZE as much as I thought I would, but I'm going to pop the second DVD in tomorrow to see what I can do. I'm doing a fair amount of upper body work, which will help with the tennis elbow.

I'm also going to really dig into I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson. I bought it last year, but didn't do much with it. I know that drinking Pepsi® twice a day is a part of the "dough belly" issue. I don't eat a ton of sweets, but I really want to focus on getting rid of all of the bad stuff. This should help.

My mail carrier brought a surprise this past week and it sounds superb.


Where is hope when there is no hope?

First-time parents Joe and Tahni Cullen were thrust into the confusing world of autism when their toddler, Josiah, suddenly lost his ability to speak, play, and socialize. The diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder. In their attempts to see Josiah recover and regain speech, the Cullens underwent overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial struggles. While other kids around him improved, Josiah only got worse.

Five years later, Josiah, who had not been formally taught to read or write, suddenly began to type on his iPad profound paragraphs about God, science, history, business, music, strangers, and heaven. Josiah’s eye-opening visions, heavenly encounters, and supernatural experiences forced his family out of their comfort zone and predictable theology, catapulting them into a mind-blowing love-encounter with Jesus.

- Find hope in hardship.
- Catch a fresh glimpse of heaven.
- Learn to hear and trust God’s voice.
- Identify the roles of Father, Son, and Spirit.
- Be aware of the workings of angels, and much more!

Follow a trail of truth into Josiah’s mysterious world, and see why his family and friends can no longer stay silent.

I also downloaded a Kindle freebie--darn free books are bad for me. I'll never whittle down my TBR pile as long as they exist.


7 Days to a Byline that Pays explains how to tell stories that audiences will read and editors will pay you to write. Delivered in a breezy and compact manner, this book will help you work fast, smart, and get paid for your work.

"I've worked with writers and editors across the country to compress the salient points in an easy-to-grasp approach that you can tackle," says author, Michael Ray Smith. "I'm convinced you can accomplish your goal of writing a salable article in seven days by using the ideas in this book."

Then I purchased this one for only 99 cents!


A wonderfully warm and witty debut novel about family secrets and sibling rivalry.
The four MacLeod sisters are no strangers to sisterly rivalry and with one of them about to be married, there are bound to be fireworks. Perfectionist Natalie wants the ‘wedding of the year’. Harassed mother, Milly, just wishes her bridesmaid’s dress wasn’t the size of a tent. Career-obsessed Avril secretly moons over a married man and world traveler, Hazel, the youngest, yearns to be taken seriously. Forced together for the first time in years, and with an unexpected guest stirring up old resentments, squabbles are inevitable. But when tragedy strikes things really fly apart - as some shocking skeletons emerge rattling from the crowded MacLeod closet…


What was in your mailbox this week? Any great plans for the holiday?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Back to School and Back to Schedules




The girls started school this week. That means the lazy days of summer are behind us and everyone is getting back into their fall schedules.

For me, that has meant reaching out to past clients and other people I know to catch up with them. It also happens to coincide with some big plans I've been making. The new banner above includes my brand new real estate logo designed by Amherst Copy & Design Works. They did a fabulous job and I am thrilled that it is finally done.

All year long I've wanted to reach more people who might have real estate needs. Creating a brand and using it to market myself is a big part of that plan.

As I sat down to craft my business plan for 2016, I wanted a brand that told people something about me; about what I do and how I feel about my calling as a REALTOR®. It took a while, but I wanted it to be right. Not perfect, but right. "Opening doors one key at a time" is exactly how I see what I do. There is the physical part of actually opening doors at showings; but what's truly important is the impact I can have on other people's lives by helping them achieve home ownership or move on to the next chapter in their home ownership journey.

Does this sound a bit hokey? I hope not, because it perfectly expresses why I love being a REALTOR®.

It's been a great year so far. I've sold over 2.2 million in real estate and I have a new listing in Easthampton and hopefully one in Chicopee and another in Springfield before the month is out. Plus I'm working with several new buyers.

There is never a dull moment in my real estate world. My goal is to help as many people as I possibly can.

Please let me know what you think of the new logo.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Listing - 9 Gross Lane, Easthampton, MA Offered for $289,900


It will be love at first sight with this spacious three-bedroom Cape that has fantastic views of Mt. Tom. First floor features a remodeled (2013 as per owner) eat-in kitchen with tons of storage and sliders to the patio, formal dining room with new hardwood floors, new chandelier, and built-ins, living room with new hardwood floors and brick-hearth fireplace, a bedroom with new hardwoods that is currently used as an office, half bath, and great four-season room off the kitchen with hardwood floors and views of the mountain. Two ample size bedrooms with new carpets and a full bath are located on the second level. The partially finished basement has a large family room with wood stove insert and laundry area with convenient utility sink and walk-in shower. Private back yard with patio and fire pit for entertaining. Buderus hot water storage, attic storage above one-car garage, newer windows on first floor, and most rooms painted within the last year. Schedule your private showing today!

For more details visit: http://tour.circlepix.com/tour/titan/?id=3860826#.V82_1o-cG70

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Free for Kindle: 7 Days to a Byline That Pays by Michael Ray Smith

In my other life, I am a writer and blogger. I'm always open to learning more about these topics.


This book is your secret weapon to writing articles and blogs that pay.

7 Days to a Byline that Pays explains how to tell stories that audiences will read and editors will pay you to write. Delivered in a breezy and compact manner, this book will help you work fast, smart, and get paid for your work.

"I've worked with writers and editors across the country to compress the salient points in an easy-to-grasp approach that you can tackle," says author, Michael Ray Smith. "I'm convinced you can accomplish your goal of writing a salable article in seven days by using the ideas in this book."

File Size: 1113 KB
Print Length: 244 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (August 31, 2015)
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B013XRNOKO


Order here!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

July Real Estate News



Today I emailed out to my clients my mid-year real estate update that talks about July numbers and how our local real estate market is fairing. Here is some of the information I shared:


The country saw existing home sales lose momentum in July as we continue to struggle with not having enough houses on the market for all the eager buyers who are looking. Despite fewer sales, median price rose 5.3% from the same time last year. In the Pioneer Valley, single family home sales dropped for the first time in 18 months as inventory continued to slide. Median price, however, rose 8.2% in July. As you can see, locally we are experiencing the same trends as the rest of the country.

While experts predict the year will end on a high note--thanks to a strong spring, the housing market is undershooting its full potential because we don't have enough houses to sell.


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